January 24, 2013

National Lobster Thermidor Day

"A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands." - Lord Byron

It's National Lobster Thermidor Day!

Just the name alone sounds decadent and expensive, doesn't it? Lobster thermidor.

It’s a French dish made from lobster meat, brandy/cognac/sherry, cream, and mustard that’s stuffed back into a lobster shell and topped with an oven-browned cheese crust (usually Gruy√®re). It's thought to have been created by Marie’s, a restaurant in Paris, in 1894 to commemorate the opening of the play Thermidor by Victorien Sardou which was about the French Revolution. The dish is similar to Lobster Newburg, but different because it’s served back in the lobster shell, contains mustard, and is traditionally thickened from a roux.

And now you’re all the wiser, foodies.

Obviously some of these food holidays can be very expensive and time consuming to celebrate (especially if you're making things from scratch). If you look up recipes for lobster thermidor you're more than likely to find a very long, intimidating list of ingredients. I decided to make my own version with stuff I had lying around in my house (minus the lobster mushrooms that is; had to order those from a specialty shop online). It came out okay. Not necessarily something I would make again, but if you're attempting to eat the year on a plant-based diet, I suppose you could do worse.

Happy National Lobster Thermidor Day!